Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Happy Festival For The Souls Of Dead Whales Day...

I was quite fortunate in already having such a perfect pic for this "holiday"... click to enlarge

WTF??? 53

I read about the book last week and almost did a post on it, but I thought it wasn't quite weird enough-- until reading just now that Fox bought the movie rights... I guess the writer's strike really messed Hollywood up worse than we realized.
He's only 9, but this pint-sized pickup artist already knows plenty about pleasing the ladies.
So much, in fact, that Alec Greven's dating primer, "How to Talk to Girls" - which began as a handwritten, $3 pamphlet sold at his school book fair - hit the shelves nationwide last week.
PHOTOS: Nine-Year-Old Gives Dating Advice
The fourth-grader from Castle Rock, Colo., advises Lothario wannabes to stop showing off, go easy on the compliments to avoid looking desperate - and be wary of "pretty girls."
"It is easy to spot pretty girls because they have big earrings, fancy dresses and all the jewelry," he writes in Chapter Three. "Pretty girls are like cars that need a lot of oil."
He advises, "The best choice for most boys is a regular girl. Remember, some pretty girls are coldhearted when it comes to boys. Don't let them get to you."
Over a few Shirley Temples yesterday at Langan's on West 47 Street, Alec said that he culled his wisdom by peeking at his peers at play. "I saw a lot of boys that had trouble talking to girls," Alec said. As for his how-to, he concedes, "I never expected people to buy it like a regular book in a bookstore."
But with classic plain-spoken advice - like "comb your hair and don't wear sweats" - it's no surprise his 46-page book was a hit with boys and girls of all ages.
He believes the best way to approach a girl is to keep it to a simple "hi." "If I say hi and you say hi back, we're probably off to a good start," he said.
As for his own love life, he said he is not dating anyone at the moment. "I'm a little too young," he confessed. In his book, published by HarperCollins, he suggests holding off on falling in love until at least middle school. Dating - which he defines as going out to dinner without your parents - is for "kind of old" people, who are 15 or 16.
Officials at the Soaring Hawk Elementary School said he wrote the book - which was the runaway bestseller at its book fair - for kids, but believe anyone can find inspiration in it.
Alec's mother, Erin Greven, credits her son's beyond-his-years insight to his avid reading.
"He reads nonstop. At dinner, I say, 'Put your book down,' " she said.
Alec - who just finished a children's book on the Watergate scandal - said he wants to be a full-time writer when he grows up, with a weekend job in archaeology or paleontology.

Fox to adapt 9-year-old's self-help book
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fox is ready to take advice from a 9-year-old.
The studio has acquired the film rights to "How to Talk to Girls," a cute 46-page self-help tome written by Alex Greven, a Colorado fourth-grader.
He wrote it after he noticed his peers were having some trouble talking to the ladies, though the book is geared for all ages. Among this advice: Comb your hair and don't wear sweats; control your hyperness and cut down on sugar if necessary; a crush is like a love disease that can drive you mad.
Soon enough Harper Collins picked up the book, which came out in November and quickly became a hit. Initially Fox passed on the title, but when the book hit the town last week, garnering heavy interest from multiple parties, Fox stepped back in and took the book off the table. The deal was in the low-to-mid six figures . No writers or producers are attached yet.
Here's a kid facing a lifetime of disappointment-- peaked a bit too early... I see him 25 years from now sitting in a bar telling women, ''Hey, I was that kid who wrote that book..."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Happy Weary Willy Day...

I know, it sounds like a day to promote Viagra, but it's actually the birthdate of Emmett Kelly, Sr (aka Weary Willy) the world's most famous tramp clown...
Oh, if anyone is interested we finally got some snow the other day-- about 3 inches... I ran out about 200 ft barefoot and discovered that snow is a lot colder than it used to be.